Posts Tagged ‘warning’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Back in December 2004 there was a great earthquake deep under the sea in Asia. A resulting Tsunami destroyed hundreds of miles of coastline villages and thousands of lives were lost. But amazing survival stories began to leak out.

A news report said that only 7 of the remote Indonesian island of Simuelue’s 75,000 inhabitants died when 30-foot waves struck just half an hour after the quake. For decades, the people had heard stories told by their grandparents of giant waves that killed thousands on this same island in 1907. So, when the ground shook and the sea retreated from the shore, the people recalled their grandparents’ warnings and fled to high ground.

There is a moral, cultural, and economical earthquake going on in our world right now. We’ve got to be blind not to feel it shaking. But, will we run for high ground while we still have time? The book of Revelation warns: “Come out from among her.” Heed the warnings.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Madame Marie Curie holds her place in history as a pioneer in the study of radioactivity. In 1903, she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, capturing the honor in physics. Then, in 1911, she received a second Nobel Prize, this one in chemistry.

Such a wonderful contribution did not come without tremendous sacrifice. Madame Curie died of leukemia caused by prolonged exposure to radioactive materials. Even today, after 100 years, scholars who wish to read her hand-written journals and lab papers must wear protective clothing because these archives are still radioactive.

No one today would approach radioactive material without the proper protection. Radiation is something like sin. It seems harmless on initial contact, but it poisons the body and begins a slow death process. No one should approach sin without proper protection: the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Mill Pond, England, is a very passive place. Crime is nil, industrial pollution is non-existent, and it is a near idyllic environment. However, even in a peaceful place like Mill Pond, danger lurks in hidden places.

There are many water fowl that like to hang out on Mill Pond. Across one corner of the pond are some power lines. A number of swans have been killed because they didn’t see them as they approached the pond.

The power company eventually placed red flags on the power lines over the pond. Now the swans can see the danger and avoid it. Since the red flags were installed, not a single swan has died.

God has placed some “red flags” warning of danger in the Bible. He does that because He cares about our success and doesn’t want to see His people get hurt, not because He wants to control us or keep us from fun.

Let’s pay attention to the “red flags” He puts in our lives.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A little boy went to the store and asked the clerk for a box of Duz detergent. “What do you need that for?” asked the clerk, and the boy answered, “To wash my dog.”

“That’s pretty strong stuff for washing a dog,”, warned the clerk, but the boy insisted that Duz was what he wanted. So the clerk sold it to him, reminding, “Now be careful when you wash your dog. That detergent is strong, and could kill him.”

A week later the boy came into the store again and the clerk asked, “How’s your dog?” The boy explained that the dog had died. The clerk said, “I’m sorry, but I tried to warn you that Duz was too strong.”

The little boy shook his head and said, “I don’t think it was the Duz that did it. I think it was the rinse cycle that got him.”

Sometimes we hear a warning without really hearing. God gives us enough warnings in the Bible that we really have no excuse.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

This morning in Staff Meeting we asked everyone to tell us the worst thing and the best thing about their Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone had a lot more good that bad to report. My worst thing was eating the casserole corn my wife made (she makes the world’s best casserole corn dish).

During my radiation treatments I had to stay on a strict diet because of the side effects on the digestive system. I’ve been slowly working myself back into a regular diet the past month and doing well. So when I saw that casserole corn dish at the Thanksgiving dinner, I dug in. The next day I was in trouble with serious cramping and dashes to the bathroom. My Radiation Oncologist had earlier warned me about eating corn specifically. So, I guess I still must avoid that.

There’s so many things the Bible tells us to avoid, but, sometimes things look and taste so really good that we forget what we once do. Pain comes along with a fall.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

After a woman sued a McDonald’s Restaurant for being burned by hot coffee, companies started changing their manuals and warning labels. Check out these instructions:

  • On a frozen dinner: DEFROST BEFORE EATING.
  • On a peanut butter jar: MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS.
  • On a milk bottlecap: AFTER OPENING, KEEP UPRIGHT.

If some people need these obvious guidelines on household items, think about how much more we need God’s direction. Psalm 119 tells of the importance of His instruction manual – the Bible. Consider:

  • “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
  • “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
  • “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

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